Office 2003 and 2007 compatibility
We just upgraded to Office 2007 at home, but at work I still use
Office 2003. The files between the two versions do not seem to be
compatible. Am I doing something wrong ?
Answer : No, you're not. Office 2007 uses a new
XML-based file format for all applications, and in order to retain
backward compatibility with Office 2003, you can choose one of a
First, open your copy of Word 2007 on your home machine. Click
the button with the Office logo, located in the upper left-hand
corner of the title bar, and then click the Word Options button at the
bottom of the menu.
In the resulting Word Options box, select Save from the
left-hand panel, and from the "Save files in this format" drop-down
dialog box, select the "Word 97-2003 Document" option, and click OK.
Repeat this procedure in each Office 2007 application for
which you would like the files to be compatible with Office 2003.
Your other option is to download Microsoft's Office Compatibility
pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 file
The compatibility pack is available to Office XP and Office
2003 users. Once installed, the pack will enable those older
versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the open
files from Office 2007.